The hustle and bustle of the shopper-filled streets, the beauty of ice skating in Central Park on a sunny day, the elaborate decorations in store windows and, of course, the giant tree at Rockefeller Center are all a part of the holiday spirit. We’ve come up with our favorite things to do to boost our already lively holiday spirit.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Annual Holiday Display
1000 Fifth Avenue
The Museum continues a long-standing holiday tradition with the annual presentation of its gorgeous Christmas tree. A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and hovering, silk-robed angels—adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music adds to the enjoyment of the holiday display. Lighting ceremony Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00.
Saks Fifth Avenue – Snowflake Spectacular
Fifth Avenue between 49 th and 50 th Street
Holiday 2005 at Saks represents a departure from seasons past, evoking a mysterious and beautiful landscape that tells a story of universal love. Searching for global harmony? Visit Saks and you will find it in their beautiful windows display.
Bloomingdales – Phantom of the Opera
Lexington & 59th Street
In tribute to the “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera,” Bloomingdale’s Christmas Window displays depict scenes from the movie. Lexington Avenue will highlight scenes from the movie with authentic set decor and original costumes while Third Avenue will celebrate fashions inspired by the opulence and romance of the film.
Lord and Taylor – “History of the US Postal Service”
5th Avenue between 38th and 39th Street
The designers of Lord & Taylor’s windows create extravagant scenes filled with animated figures, vehicles and other wonders of imagination. The line for these windows often moves quickly but to really examine these works of art, you might want to stop by after Lord & Taylor closes at around 9pm.